Twelve candidates have been recommended for four open slots of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, the university's 12-member policymaking body.

The board is made up regents from each of the state's eight congressional districts and four from the state at-large. The four open seats represent the 1st, 4th, 6th and 7th Congressional Districts.

The candidates include: Val Aarsvold of Altura, Ruth Johnson of Rochester and Randy Simonson of Worthington (incumbent) for the 1st Congressional seat; Daryl Alkire of St. Paul, James Farnsworth of St. Paul and Karen Schanfield of St. Paul for the 4th Congressional seat; Dave Hoang of Blaine, Michael Hsu of Blaine (incumbent) and Kodi Verhalen of Elk River for the 6th District seat; and Doug Huebsch of Perham, Lucas Sjostrom of Brooten and Michael Yost of Murdock for the 7th Congressional seat.

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The 12 candidates were recommended by the Regent Candidate Advisory Council (RCAC) and will be presented to the Regent Nomination Joint Legislature Committee for consideration. The committee selects one candidate for each open seat and submits the slate of candidates to the Legislature in a joint session for final consideration.

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Regents serve six-year terms and are not paid. The terms are staggered so four regents come up for appointment every two years.

"We appreciate the outstanding applicants who applied for the position of Regent of the University of Minnesota," said Daniel Wolter, RCAC chair. "This was a diverse candidate pool that was exceptional in accomplishment and vision."

The RCAC was created by the Legislature in 1988, and is responsible for recruiting, screening and recommending regent candidates to the Legislature. State law requires that a minimum of two and a maximum of four names be forwarded for each open seat.